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Ricky Blue
Rick Blue
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is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Rick Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

He is also a columnist for Montreal's outstanding West Island Gazette..

His LCC columns are archived here

Posted 05.21.15

RICK BLUE

Go to university -- why do it?

MONTREAL | The value of a college education has skyrocketed since I went to university. That is, in monetary terms. I am not so sure whether its value has increased in human terms.

We have become obsessed with making sure our kids go to college. Even if they really don't need to. How many lawyers or MBAs does a society need?

It seems to me that today's university students suffer from two great impediments to knowledge.

  • The first is that they already think they know everything.

  • And the second is that they seem to believe all the current ideologies they are fed that have taken the place of real knowledge.
But financial success seems to demand it. A university degree is worth what a high school graduation was worth back in the day.

But back then the reason one went to university was to learn. It was where the truth of the meaning of life lurked behind a veil of books and wise professors. It was possible to learn what the great thinkers of our civilization had said. And discuss their great ideas.

And learn why life is not actually the way it is presented on TV.

I remember being excited to dig into the nourishing soil of thought that awaited me. You see, in the end, no matter how financially successful you become, no matter how high you go on the social ladder or how low you fall, there is one thing that can never be taken away from you. That is what is inside your head.

Education is the gold that no one can ever steal. Not even Revenue Canada.

It enriches your daily experience because you will have the experience of history and philosophy to build upon and to put everything in a universal perspective.

It can give your life a deeper meaning every day.

Your emotions will probably be as raw and unchanged as ever but there is a chance at least that you will understand them better. And that can lead to an appreciation of the greatest thing you can ever know.

Yourself.

This is priceless. And, as I see it, should be the reason one would want to go to university.

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